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What is a change of destination for a building?

Verified 18 August 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

The change of destination is to change the assignment of all or part of a vessel. For example, you can turn a business into a home and vice versa. Before making your change of destination, you must apply for planning permission.

It exists 5 types of destinations which break down into sub-destinations. There is a change of destination when you move from one destination to another.

Destination types and subdestinations

Destinations

Sub-destinations

Agriculture and forestry

- Farm

- Logging

Housing

- Housing

- Accommodation

Trade and service activities

- Handicraft and retail trade

- Restoration

- Wholesale trade

- Service activities where a customer is welcomed

- Cinema

- Hotels

- Other tourist accommodation

Public utilities

- Premises and offices accommodating public administrations and similar

- Technical and industrial premises of public administrations and similar

Educational, health and social institutions

- Art rooms and shows

- Sports equipment

- Other equipment receiving public

Other activities in the secondary or tertiary sectors

- Industry

- Warehouse

- Office

- Congress and exhibition center

To get theauthorization to change destination, you must file a pre-construction declaration or building permit if you change the supporting structure and/or the facade of the construction.

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Changing the facade

Form

Your application for a building permit can be made on a form.

Application for a building permit (other than for a detached house or annexes)

Application for a building permit is sent by registered mail with request for a notice of reception or filed at the town hall, by the owner of the land. It may also be made by one or more other authorized persons.

The construction permit file includes the following documents:

  • Form
  • Declaration of the elements necessary to calculate the charges (from which the development tax or payment for sub-density)
  • Attachment form that identifies the parts you want to supply according to your project

Certain documents must be attached to the file:

  • Situation plan of the land within the municipality which specifies its scale and its orientation in relation to the north
  • Mass plane of buildings, rated in the 3 dimensions that specifies its scale and the orientation of the land in relation to the north
  • Cross-section plan of the ground specifying the location of the construction in relation to the terrain profile
  • Notice describing the terrain and presenting the project
  • Plan of facades and roofs for all projects. It must show the initial and future state when the project has the effect of modifying the facades or roofs
  • Graphic Document such as freehand sketches or computer simulations. It allows to appreciate the insertion of the project in its environment
  • Photo to place the land in its near environment
  • Photo to place the land in its distant environment

Other parts may be required, depending on your project.

FYI  

the list of attachments listed in the form is exhaustive. The administration can't ask you for more documents.

In metropolitan France, you will also attach to your building permit file, a certificate of recognition of thermal regulation..

You will have to go back to town hall:

  • 4 full folders
  • 5 additional copies of the situation plan
  • 5 additional copies of the mass plan
  • 5 additional copies of the cutting plan

Additional copies may be requested if your project is located in a protected area.

Upon receipt of your application for a permit, the town hall issues you or sends you a receipt. It shall contain a registration number indicating the starting point of the date from which the work may begin.

If your file is incomplete, the town hall has 1 month to claim the missing documents. You will then have 3 months to complete it. If you do not provide the missing parts, your application will be considered rejected.

A notice of application for a permit is posted in the town hall within 15 days of your filing and during the entire period of investigation of the file. This notice specifies the essential characteristics of your project.

Who shall I contact

Assistance in planning applications

Your application for a building permit can be made on a remote service with input help.

Support for your planning application

Changing the carrier structure

Form

Your application for a building permit can be made on a form.

Application for a building permit (other than for a detached house or annexes)

Application for a building permit is sent by registered mail with request for a notice of reception or filed at the town hall, by the owner of the land. It may also be made by one or more other authorized persons.

The construction permit file includes the following documents:

  • Form
  • Declaration of the elements necessary to calculate the charges (from which the development tax or payment for sub-density)
  • Attachment form that identifies the parts you want to supply according to your project

Certain documents must be attached to the file:

  • Situation plan of the land within the municipality which specifies its scale and its orientation in relation to the north
  • Mass plane of buildings, rated in the 3 dimensions that specifies its scale and the orientation of the land in relation to the north
  • Cross-section plan of the ground specifying the location of the construction in relation to the terrain profile
  • Notice describing the terrain and presenting the project
  • Plan of facades and roofs for all projects. It must show the initial and future state when the project has the effect of modifying the facades or roofs
  • Graphic Document such as freehand sketches or computer simulations. It allows to appreciate the insertion of the project in its environment
  • Photo to place the land in its near environment
  • Photo to place the land in its distant environment

Other parts may be required, depending on your project.

FYI  

the list of attachments listed in the form is exhaustive. The administration can't ask you for more documents.

In metropolitan France, you will also attach to your building permit file, a certificate of recognition of thermal regulation..

You will have to go back to town hall:

  • 4 full folders
  • 5 additional copies of the situation plan
  • 5 additional copies of the mass plan
  • 5 additional copies of the cutting plan

Additional copies may be requested if your project is located in a protected area.

Upon receipt of your application for a permit, the town hall issues you or sends you a receipt. It shall contain a registration number indicating the starting point of the date from which the work may begin.

If your file is incomplete, the town hall has 1 month to claim the missing documents. You will then have 3 months to complete it. If you do not provide the missing parts, your application will be considered rejected.

A notice of application for a permit is posted in the town hall within 15 days of your filing and during the entire period of investigation of the file. This notice specifies the essential characteristics of your project.

Who shall I contact

Assistance in planning applications

Your application for a building permit can be made on a remote service with input help.

Support for your planning application

Other situation

Assistance in applying for planning permission

Support for your planning application

Prior declaration of work is sent by registered mail with request for notice of reception or filed at the town hall, by the owner of the land. It may also be made by one or more other authorized persons. They then attach a supplementary form in which they give the identity and contact details of each owner.

Complementary / other applicants for the same project

The RFP file includes the completed form with attachments depending on the nature of your project. One situation plan land within the municipality must be provided for all projects.

Depending on the nature of your project, you may be asked for additional documents, for example:

  • Mass plane if you are creating a new construction or if you are modifying the volume of an existing construction
  • Cross-section plan of the ground if you build, for example, a buried pool that changes the profile of the land
  • Plan of facades and roofs for the installation of a roof window, or the creation of a door, for example.

Depending on the situation of your project, you may need to provide additional documents listed in the "Attachment Filing Form".

You must also complete declaration of the elements necessary for calculating charges that is part of the pre-declaration form. It is from this statement that the development tax or the sub-density payment you may be liable for.

Depending on the situation of your project, you may need to provide other documents listed only in the "Attachment Filing Form".

You must return to the town hall:

  • 2 copies of the preliminary declaration of work and the accompanying file,
  • 2 additional copies of the plan for the situation of the land within the municipality,
  • 2 additional copies of the mass plan of the constructions listed in the 3 dimensions when the effect of the project is to create a construction or modify the volume of an existing construction.

Additional copies of the RFP and the attached record are sometimes required (for example, for saved work in a sector). To find out if you are in this situation, ask the planning department of your town hall.

Who shall I contact

Form

Prior declaration of work is sent by registered mail with request for notice of reception or filed at the town hall, by the owner of the land. It may also be made by one or more other authorized persons.

Prior declaration (construction, works, installations and developments not subject to building permits)

When several people file a prior declaration together, they attach a supplementary sheet in which they give the identity and contact details of each owner.

Complementary / other applicants for the same project

The RFP file includes the completed form with attachments depending on the nature of your project. One situation plan land within the municipality must be provided for all projects.

Depending on the nature of your project, you may be asked for additional documents, for example:

  • Mass plane if you are creating a new construction or if you are modifying the volume of an existing construction
  • Cross-section plan of the ground if you build, for example, a buried pool that changes the profile of the land
  • Plan of facades and roofs for the installation of a roof window, or the creation of a door, for example.

Depending on the situation of your project, you may need to provide additional documents listed in the "Attachment Filing Form".

You must also complete declaration of the elements necessary for calculating charges that is part of the pre-declaration form. It is from this statement that the development tax or the sub-density payment you may be liable for.

Depending on the situation of your project, you may need to provide other documents listed only in the "Attachment Filing Form".

You must return to the town hall:

  • 2 copies of the preliminary declaration of work and the accompanying file,
  • 2 additional copies of the plan for the situation of the land within the municipality,
  • 2 additional copies of the mass plan of the constructions listed in the 3 dimensions when the effect of the project is to create a construction or modify the volume of an existing construction.

Additional copies of the RFP and the attached record are sometimes required (for example, for saved work in a sector). To find out if you are in this situation, ask the planning department of your town hall.

Who shall I contact

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